FYI Archive

3 Sep 1993

Federal funding of scientific research is currently a hot topic in
Washington for those with an interest in science policy.  Both
Congress and the White House, as well as numerous private
organizations, are examining how and why the federal government
supports research, and how the nation benefits by those efforts.
Numerous reports have studied the issue, one of the most notable
being the "Report of the Task Force on the Health of Research" of
the House science committee (for more information on this report,
see FYI #129, 1992.)

27 Aug 1993

Opponents of the Superconducting Super Collider are continuing to
move against the SSC on a number of fronts while Congress is in
recess.  The month of September is shaping up as a critical time
for the future of the collider.

25 Aug 1993

While the ups and downs of the Superconducting Super Collider make
headlines, the Department of Energy carries on with other projects,
including attempts to deal with the legacy of the Cold War and the
challenges of the more environmentally-conscious 1990s.  Two new
General Accounting Office (GAO) reports examine DOE's efforts in
these areas.  One discusses the difficulties DOE confronts in
cleaning up old facilities; the second looks at the problems with
efforts to prepare a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel.

19 Aug 1993

"The efforts of the Administration, Congressional authorizing
committees, and the academic communities to set research priorities
for the nation will run aground on the shoals of earmarking."
    -- Report by the Chairman of the House Science Committee

17 Aug 1993

"Since World War II, U.S. science policy has been guided by
Vannevar Bush's vision that, if funded and left to set their own
agenda, scientists would amply reward the nation for its
investment.  Mansfield has shown that, on average, academic
scientists have indeed kept their part of the bargain.  The return
from academic research, despite measurement problems, is
sufficiently high to justify overall federal investments in this
    -- CBO Staff Memorandum

9 Aug 1993

"The project is on schedule and, I believe, on budget." 
    -- Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary

9 Aug 1993

Today is the first day of a four-week vacation for the House and
Senate.  They will return to work on September 7 with only four
weeks to complete action on a number of key science funding bills.
Fiscal year 1994 begins on October 1.  The status of this
legislation is as follows:

Department of Energy:

3 Aug 1993

At a July 29 hearing of the House science committee, Energy
Secretary Hazel O'Leary outlined a strategic plan to improve DOE's
technology transfer and partnerships with the private sector.

The occasion was a review of H.R. 1432, a bill sponsored by science
committee chairman George Brown (D-California).  The purpose of the
bill is to establish post-Cold War missions for the DOE national
labs, as well as providing for reorganization and consolidation of
the labs and evaluation of their performance. 

3 Aug 1993

"By damn, we want it done now," said clearly frustrated Senator
Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho), referring to the long-running search for
a permanent solution to the Department of Energy's nuclear waste
storage problem.  The harsh criticism by the members of the Senate
Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a July 29 committee
hearing provides ample evidence that DOE's Environmental
Restoration and Waste Management Program is under the gun.

29 Jul 1993

Senate activity on the collider will pick-up next week with an
August 4 hearing on the project before Senator J. Bennett
Johnston's (D-Louisiana) Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Johnston, a firm SSC supporter, will no doubt use this hearing to
build support for the collider.  Look for a Senate floor vote on
SSC funding after Congress returns on September 8.


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